UPDATE: Brodsky Holds on to Win State Attorney Primary
In a race full of drama and intrigue, Ed Brodsky holds on to win the Republican primary race for State Attorney in the 12th judicial circuit.
Update: Ed Brodsky survived a tough Republican primary and advance to the November election against John Torraco.
The State Attorney race for the 12th judicial circuit was waiting on DeSoto County to decide its fate due to a reporting glitch on the DeSoto Supervisor of Elections website, but Brodsky told Bradenton.com that his team crunched the numbers and it appears statistics are in his favor:
“My supporters called me and told me it was numerically impossible for Mr. Lombardo to catch me, so I remained cautiously optimistic,” said Brodsky, who celebrated at home with his wife, Kim.
Brodsky led Peter Lombardo 52.67 percent to 47.33 percent. However, it's unclear how many precincts DeSoto County has reported, but it appears to be insignificant at this point.
The 12th judicial circuit represents Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto counties.
All precincts reported in Manatee and Sarasota counties as of 11 p.m.
In DeSoto, the results page on the DeSoto Supervisor Of Elections page appear to have malfunctioned as it has not updated since 1:14 p.m.
In raw numbers, Brodsky led Lombardo 27,814 votes to 24,994, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
The winner of the race will face Democrat John Torraco.
Here is the county-by-county breakdown of votes:
Manatee County — All 113 precincts reporting
Brodsky — 12,811 votes (51.49 percent)
Lombardo — 12,068 (48.5 percent)
Sarasota County — All 98 precincts reporting
Brodsky — 14,297 votes (53.37 percent)
Lombardo — 12,493 (46.63 percent)
DeSoto County — 0 Precincts Reporting*
* State site reports Brodsky has 708 votes while Lombardo has 436 votes.